Myanmar army plans trials for abuses on Rohingyas

Dhaka, Wednesday   08 April 2020


Myanmar army plans trials for abuses on Rohingyas

 International Desk

 Published: 06:16 PM, 22 February 2020  



Myanmar army says more military personnel will be judged in the military court on charges of Rohingya persecution. 

“It had found evidence” that the army had committed war crimes against the Rohingya minorities in an investigation carried by a commission appointed by the country’s government, country’s army said in a statement on Friday. 

In a report released in January this year, the panel concluded, “Many members of the security forces are responsible for war crimes and serious human rights abuses in the operation of army against the group (Rohingya) in 2017.”   

Meanwhile, Myanmar faces trial before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at Hague on charges of genocide in a case filed by the Gambia, a West African country.

About 700,000 Rohingya crossed the sea and took refuge in neighboring Bangladesh at the beginning of 2017 to escape from Myanmar’s army attack. “The operation was conducted with the intention of genocide,” the UN investigators described in a report.

Myanmar claims the army fought legitimate combat of anti-insurgency operations against militants attacking security posts.  

The army has said that the allegations of war crimes by soldiers in two villages were being investigated. One is the village of Maung Nu, where residents told the commission panel that “at least 200 Muslims were killed taken shelter in a house”. 

Another is Chut Pyin village — where it has been alleged that many people were murdered by the security forces. “Troops surrounded the village, opened fire at home using rocket launchers, and indiscriminately killed several people,” locals told the commission.

Troops who took part in the havoc later destroyed the bodies in a strategic way, a  local Buddhist resident told the government-backed panel.

“There were many bodies in the Chut Pyin village that were burnt, but not all were burned to ashes; Some were buried and some were destroyed by wild animals,” according to him. 

The army said they were reviewing the allegations of the panel’s report. The Court of Inquiry will investigate these incidents and will hold a court-martial as per the military justice system.